1. Why Oklahoma City Thunder Are the NBA's Most Unsolvable Puzzle

    The spectrum of possibilities for the Oklahoma City Thunder 's future is broader than ever — which isn't necessarily a good thing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 months ago 68,750 reads 127 comments

  2. The NBA's Tournament of Names: Which Team Comes out on Top?

    Anybody want to spend a few minutes imagining Anthony Davis trying to guard Magic Johnson? Great! Me too...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 months ago 63,308 reads 130 comments

  3. The Stifle Tower: Rudy Gobert's Ascent Is Unlike Any We've Seen Before

    It's appropriate that Rudy Gobert rejects convention. The Utah Jazz 's sky-scraping, shot-swatting interior force burst on the NBA scene last year by batting away everything: floaters, layups, baby hooks—even jump shots...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 months ago 42,437 reads 81 comments

  4. How the NBA Has Changed Around Kobe Bryant—And How Kobe Hasn't

    Kobe Bryant has been the unmoving eye of the NBA hurricane for 19 seasons—its stubborn, static center orbited violently by a maelstrom of change...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 months ago 149,253 reads 231 comments

  5. Which NBA Contenders Have the Biggest Windows to Win?

    We call them windows, and everybody in the NBA wants theirs. The only thing harder than the years of focused work it takes to prop one open is keeping it that way...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 89,876 reads 366 comments

  6. Data-Driven Philadelphia 76ers Just Have Questions, No Answers, with Joel Embiid

    The Philadelphia 76ers are a franchise devoted to rigorously quantifying the value of assets, which is why this whole Joel Embiid mess must be eating them up inside...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 45,570 reads 87 comments

  7. Team USA Basketball Showcase 2015: Reaction and Takeaways for Blue vs White

    Thirsty hoop fans wandering the basketball wasteland of mid-August stumbled on the oasis of Team USA's Basketball Showcase just in time...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 138,904 reads 169 comments

  8. Potential vs. Production: NBA Teams Face Big Challenge in Making the Call

    NBA teams hate nothing more than making decisions with limited information, but when it comes to critical calls on young, potential-laden talents, they have to do it all the time...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 26,710 reads 22 comments

  9. This Is When the NBA Finds Out About the Real Damian Lillard

    Despite a superstar profile and plenty of early-career accolades, Damian Lillard hasn't yet shown the NBA who he truly is. This year, stripped of a supporting cast and saddled with unquestioned alpha status, he will...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 55,820 reads 60 comments

  10. Brandon Bass Knows How to Impress the Mamba: 'Arguably the Best'

    Despite diminished skills and advancing age, Kobe Bryant remains the most important figure in the Los Angeles Lakers organization. And Brandon Bass knows it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 64,629 reads 176 comments

  11. Jamal Crawford Looking Like Odd Man Out for Rebuilt Los Angeles Clippers

    For the past three years, Jamal Crawford was the Los Angeles Clippers ' last resort—a player they needed to prop up a second unit with reliable (if inefficient) scoring in the absence of better options...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 54,042 reads 81 comments

  12. Andrew Bogut's Value to Golden State Warriors Has Never Been Higher

    Despite the small-ball surprise the Golden State Warriors sprung on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, big man Andrew Bogut remains critical to keeping the Dubs on top...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 31,458 reads 34 comments

  13. LaMarcus Aldridge Presents San Antonio Spurs a Challenge They've Never Had

    The San Antonio Spurs have done things the same way for almost two decades, but LaMarcus Aldridge 's arrival means they may have to do them differently this season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 78,280 reads 124 comments

  14. Philadelphia 76ers Making Real Progress at Their Own Pace

    Everybody calm down. The Philadelphia 76ers are fine. They're better than fine, actually, because they're getting better...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 months ago 59,798 reads 84 comments

  15. Sacramento Kings, Demarcus Cousins Will Walk Fine Line This Season

    The Sacramento Kings are built for what's ahead. Not playoff contention, not an objectively successful season and probably not even a .500 record. Those goals are well beyond the Kings' capabilities...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 11,302 reads 23 comments

  16. The 30-Year Journey: Justin Dentmon's Tireless Effort to Make His NBA Mark

    From Carbondale, Illinois, to Qingdao, China—with stops in Texas, Venezuela, Toronto, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Italy and Israel—Justin Dentmon's pursuit of the NBA dream has taken him to gyms all over the globe...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 63,285 reads 45 comments

  17. Final Steps for Cavs After Mike Miller Trade, Matthew Dellavadova Re-Signing

    After shipping out Brendan Haywood and his non-guaranteed contract Sunday night, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski , the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't waste time addressing their other remaining roster issues...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 148,633 reads 193 comments

  18. 5 NBA Players Who Will Enter Next Season on the Hot Seat

    The question in the NBA is never "what have you done for me lately?" It's "what will you do for me now ?" As we look ahead to the 2015-16 season, players with sterling track records will have to prove themselves anew...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 141,348 reads 332 comments

  19. Miami Heat's Offseason Gives LeBron James the Challenge He Desperately Needs

    LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers on a breezy run through the Eastern Conference playoff bracket last year, but he'll find a familiar challenger impeding his path in 2016...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 92,702 reads 504 comments

  20. All-Time Los Angeles Lakers vs. All-Time Chicago Bulls, Who Ya Got?

    Shaquille O'Neal might want to modify his claim that the Los Angeles Lakers ' all-time team would beat the Chicago Bulls ' version by 50 points. But he doesn't need to back off of it entirely...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 128,005 reads 902 comments

  21. Signing J.R. Smith Makes Sense in Cavaliers' Wild Free-Agency World

    The normal conventions of NBA free agency make J.R. Smith 's potential return to the Cleveland Cavaliers seem completely crazy...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 63,835 reads 104 comments

  22. Kevin Garnett Has Returned from Timberwolves' Past to Shape Franchise's Future

    A future this bright feels like a dream for the Minnesota Timberwolves , and it's up to Kevin Garnett to ensure it becomes a reality. Times have been tough lately for a franchise whose short history features an inordinate number of long years...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 54,298 reads 115 comments

  23. Ranking the Best Bargain-Bin Buys Remaining on the 2015 NBA Free-Agent Market

    The wildest spending of NBA free agency is over, and now teams in need of talent must turn to cheaper alternatives to fill out their rosters. Surprisingly, there are plenty of useful players still available...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 134,156 reads 119 comments

  24. Report Card Grades for Every NBA Team's 2015 Offseason

    The frenzy of free agency is over now, giving way to the closest thing there is to a lull in the NBA 's year-round schedule. For a few restorative weeks, we get to catch our breath...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 304,947 reads 931 comments

  25. San Antonio Spurs' Offseason Gives Golden State Warriors New Fuel for Title

    It's hard to be better than historically great, but the Golden State Warriors will draw motivation from a familiar source as they look to follow up one championship season with another...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 38,630 reads 193 comments